Los Angeles Wins Big as Stars Clinch Top Honors in MLB Players Choice Awards 2021

Published 10/29/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 13: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts in the first inning during the 91st MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field on July 13, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)


The city of Los Angeles is among the few American cities to have two teams in the MLB. Although the Angels and Dodgers endured differing fortunes, neither of them reached the World Series. Despite that, Shohei Ohtani and Max Scherzer basked in the spotlight during the ongoing World Series, as they picked up well-deserved awards for their performances in the regular season.

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Ohtani’s incredible season didn’t go unnoticed, as MLB players voted him the Player of the Year in the Player’s Choice Awards. In addition, the Japanese star also won the AL Outstanding Player to cap off an unbelievable season. Meanwhile, Scherzer won the NL Outstanding Pitcher Award for his exploits on the mound.

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Shohei Ohtani adds more accolades on the back of an incredible 2021 season

The two-way player produced a season that surpassed many legends of the game. Although the Angels failed to reach the MLB playoffs, Ohtani produced sheer magic at bats and on the pitcher’s mound. With the bat, the 27-year-old produced 46 home runs and a stunning 100 RBIs, with an incredible 0.965OPS.

DUNEDIN, FLORIDA – APRIL 09: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on after hitting a solo home run to center field during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark on April 09, 2021 in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

On the mound, he scored 156 strikeouts and ended the season with an ERA of just 3.18 in 130.1 innings pitched. Ahead of Game 1 of this year’s World Series, Ohtani received the rare Commissioner’s Achievement Award, making him the first player to win it since 2014.

The 27-year-old’s peers acknowledged his impressive season, earning him the Player of the Year award. In addition, he also took the AL Outstanding Player award, beating Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to the honor.

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Scherzer clinches the NL Outstanding Pitcher award

The 37-year-old produced a stellar debut season with the Dodgers. He recorded 236 strikeouts in 179.1 innings played with an ERA of 2.46. In addition, Scherzer also garnered an impressive 15-4 win-loss record this season.

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Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) reacts after defeating the San Francisco Giants in game five of the 2021 NLDS at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

He edged out Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers and Zack Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies to clinch the award.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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